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Mauvaises Terres, of the old French fur-traders' dialect, are an extensive tract in the Dakotas, Wyoming, and northwestern Nebraska, between the North Fork of the Platte and the South Fork of the Cheyene rivers, west, south, and southeast of the Black Hills.
It lies mostly between long.
103° and 105° N., with an area as yet not perfectly defined, but estimated to cover about 60,000 square miles.
There are similar lands in the Green River region, of which Fort Bridger is the centre, and in southeastern Oregon.
They belong to the Miocence period, geologically speaking.
The surface materials are for the most part white and yellowish indurated clays, sands, marls, and occasional thin beds of lime and sandstone.
The locality is fitly described as one of the most wonderful regions of the globe.
It is held by geologists that during the geological period named a vast fresh-water lake system covered this portion of our continent, when the comparatively soft material
e numerous; and to prevent reinforcements from being sent to Meade from that region.
Already about eighty Kentuckians had crossed the Ohio (June 19) into Indiana to test the temper of the people.
They were captured.
Morgan started (June 27) with 3,500 well-mounted men and six guns, crossing the Cumberland River at Burkesville, and, pushing on. encountered some loyal cavalry at Columbia (July 3), fought them three hours. partly sacked the town, and proceeded to destroy a bridge over the Green River, when he was driven away, after a desperate fight of several hours, by 200 Michigan troops under Colonel Moore, well intrenched.
Morgan lost 250 killed and wounded; Moore lost twenty-nine.
He rushed into Lebanon, captured a small Union force there, set fire to the place, and lost his brother—killed in the fight.
He reached the Ohio, 40 miles below Louisville, July 7.
His ranks were swelled as he went plundering through Kentucky, and he crossed the Ohio with 4,000 men and ten guns.